"Monasteriensis Episcopatus", Blaeu, Willem
Period: 1644 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.2 x 14.6 inches
48.8 x 37.1 cm
This fine map of the Bishopric of Münster was originally produced by Joannes Gigas (Gigante) for Jodocus Hondius shortly before his death. This plate was among the 39 Hondius copper plates that were purchased by Willem Blaeu in 1629. He replaced Hondius' imprint with his own and published them as part of his first atlas. The map is filled with place names and tiny coats of arms of the major cities. The title is enclosed in a bold cartouche with small cartouches containing the distance scales and Blaeu imprint. Latin text on verso.